Dial code red in an emergency
The Red Cross in Singapore and more than 12,000 professionally trained people who can give first aid now use the iPhone app “Rapid Rescue”. In case of an emergency, users can activate the app and an alarm is sent to first aid givers within a range of 2km. Directions on a map are also provided.
Why it matters
This is a fast and effective way to attempt to save lives using technologies that are readily available. Will the creation of such a semi-professional medical network become the norm for NGO’s and medical services brands?
Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System have developed an app that allows users to screen themselves for skin cancer by using their mobile phones. The app, UMSkinCheck provides a step-by-step guide asking users to take a series of 23 pictures from different parts of their body. The photos provide a baseline for future comparisons that allows users to monitor changes to a skin lesion over time.
The app also includes a risk calculator for users to input their personal data and calculate if they’re at risk of developing skin cancer.
The level of lactate in the body is a useful indicator that can be used to measure fitness levels and help form exercise programmes for active consumers. To date it’s only been possible to measure lactate levels with a blood test, but the Fraunhofer Institute have recently revealed a revolutionary reading device which, when clipped to the ear, is able to read lactate levels.